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BIS (Bank For International Settlements) Warns of Depression

Posted by jeremiasx on August 28, 2007

This story is a week old but bears being reposted…I think these people MIGHT just know what the hell they are talking about. They are the central bank to the central bankers. HELLO. WAKE UP people. Things could indeed get ugly. Original story in the UK Telegraph.

The Bank for International Settlements, the world’s most prestigious financial body, has warned that years of loose monetary policy has fuelled a dangerous credit bubble, leaving the global economy more vulnerable to another 1930s-style slump than generally understood.

  BIS warns of Great Depression dangers from credit spree
The BIS said China may have repeated the disastrous errors made by Japan in the 1980s

“Virtually nobody foresaw the Great Depression of the 1930s, or the crises which affected Japan and southeast Asia in the early and late 1990s. In fact, each downturn was preceded by a period of non-inflationary growth exuberant enough to lead many commentators to suggest that a ‘new era’ had arrived”, said the bank.

The BIS, the ultimate bank of central bankers, pointed to a confluence a worrying signs, citing mass issuance of new-fangled credit instruments, soaring levels of household debt, extreme appetite for risk shown by investors, and entrenched imbalances in the world currency system.

“Behind each set of concerns lurks the common factor of highly accommodating financial conditions. Tail events affecting the global economy might at some point have much higher costs than is commonly supposed,” it said.

The BIS said China may have repeated the disastrous errors made by Japan in the 1980s when Tokyo let rip with excess liquidity.

“The Chinese economy seems to be demonstrating very similar, disquieting symptoms,” it said, citing ballooning credit, an asset boom, and “massive investments” in heavy industry.

Some 40pc of China’s state-owned enterprises are loss-making, exposing the banking system to likely stress in a downturn.

It said China’s growth was “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable”, borrowing a line from Chinese premier Wen Jiabao

In a thinly-veiled rebuke to the US Federal Reserve, the BIS said central banks were starting to doubt the wisdom of letting asset bubbles build up on the assumption that they could safely be “cleaned up” afterwards – which was more or less the strategy pursued by former Fed chief Alan Greenspan after the dotcom bust.

It said this approach had failed in the US in 1930 and in Japan in 1991 because excess debt and investment built up in the boom years had suffocating effects.

While cutting interest rates in such a crisis may help, it has the effect of transferring wealth from creditors to debtors and “sowing the seeds for more serious problems further ahead.”

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US Is Torturing Our Own People FOR EXPOSING GRAFT??? WTF?

Posted by jeremiasx on August 26, 2007

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This is highly disturbing, folks. These US CITIZENS have been arrested, interrogated, and TORTURED by this unconscionable administration. I demand impeachment now MORE THAN EVER. To claim no one up the chain knew about these particular cases of whistleblowers who were abused for exposing CORPORATE GRAFT IN IRAQ is LUDICROUS. Cheney knew. This isn’t something that would just slide past his desk. Again…get a rope.

(Full Article At International Herald Tribune)

One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.

Or worse.

For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.

There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut.

He had thought he was doing a good and noble thing when he started telling the FBI about the guns and the land mines and the rocket-launchers – all of them being sold for cash, no receipts necessary, he said. He told a federal agent the buyers were Iraqi insurgents, American soldiers, State Department workers, and Iraqi embassy and ministry employees.

The seller, he claimed, was the Iraqi-owned company he worked for, Shield Group Security Co.

“It was a Wal-Mart (nyse: WMT news people ) for guns,” he says. “It was all illegal and everyone knew it.”

So Vance says he blew the whistle, supplying photos and documents and other intelligence to an FBI agent in his hometown of Chicago because he didn’t know whom to trust in Iraq.

For his trouble, he says, he got 97 days in Camp Cropper, an American military prison outside Baghdad that once held Saddam Hussein, and he was classified a security detainee.

Also held was colleague Nathan Ertel, who helped Vance gather evidence documenting the sales, according to a federal lawsuit both have filed in Chicago, alleging they were illegally imprisoned and subjected to physical and mental interrogation tactics “reserved for terrorists and so-called enemy combatants.”

Corruption has long plagued Iraq reconstruction. Hundreds of projects may never be finished, including repairs to the country’s oil pipelines and electricity system. Congress gave more than $30 billion to rebuild Iraq, and at least $8.8 billion of it has disappeared, according to a government reconstruction audit.

Despite this staggering mess, there are no noble outcomes for those who have blown the whistle, according to a review of such cases by The Associated Press.

“If you do it, you will be destroyed,” said William Weaver, professor of political science at the University of Texas-El Paso and senior advisor to the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

“Reconstruction is so rife with corruption. Sometimes people ask me, `Should I do this?’ And my answer is no. If they’re married, they’ll lose their family. They will lose their jobs. They will lose everything,” Weaver said.

They have been fired or demoted, shunned by colleagues, and denied government support in whistleblower lawsuits filed against contracting firms.

“The only way we can find out what is going on is for someone to come forward and let us know,” said Beth Daley of the Project on Government Oversight, an independent, nonprofit group that investigates corruption. “But when they do, the weight of the government comes down on them. The message is, ‘Don’t blow the whistle or we’ll make your life hell.’

“It’s heartbreaking,” Daley said. “There is an even greater need for whistleblowers now. But they are made into public martyrs. It’s a disgrace. Their lives get ruined.”

Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse knows this only too well. As the highest-ranking civilian contracting officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, she testified before a congressional committee in 2005 that she found widespread fraud in multibillion-dollar rebuilding contracts awarded to former Halliburton (nyse: HAL news people ) subsidiary KBR (nyse: KBR news people ).

Soon after, Greenhouse was demoted. She now sits in a tiny cubicle in a different department with very little to do and no decision-making authority, at the end of an otherwise exemplary 20-year career.

People she has known for years no longer speak to her.

“It’s just amazing how we say we want to remove fraud from our government, then we gag people who are just trying to stand up and do the right thing,” she says.

In her demotion, her supervisors said she was performing poorly. “They just wanted to get rid of me,” she says softly. The Army Corps of Engineers denies her claims.

“You just don’t have happy endings,” said Weaver. “She was a wonderful example of a federal employee. They just completely creamed her. In the end, no one followed up, no one cared.”

But Greenhouse regrets nothing. “I have the courage to say what needs to be said. I paid the price,” she says.

Then there is Robert Isakson, who filed a whistleblower suit against contractor Custer Battles in 2004, alleging the company – with which he was briefly associated – bilked the U.S. government out of tens of millions of dollars by filing fake invoices and padding other bills for reconstruction work.

He and his co-plaintiff, William Baldwin, a former employee fired by the firm, doggedly pursued the suit for two years, gathering evidence on their own and flying overseas to obtain more information from witnesses. Eventually, a federal jury agreed with them and awarded a $10 million judgment against the now-defunct firm, which had denied all wrongdoing.

It was the first civil verdict for Iraq reconstruction fraud.

But in 2006, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III overturned the jury award. He said Isakson and Baldwin failed to prove that the Coalition Provisional Authority, the U.S.-backed occupier of Iraq for 14 months, was part of the U.S. government.

Not a single Iraq whistleblower suit has gone to trial since.

“It’s a sad, heartbreaking comment on the system,” said Isakson, a former FBI agent who owns an international contracting company based in Alabama. “I tried to help the government, and the government didn’t seem to care.”

One way to blow the whistle is to file a “qui tam” lawsuit (taken from the Latin phrase “he who sues for the king, as well as for himself”) under the federal False Claims Act.

Signed by Abraham Lincoln in response to military contractors selling defective products to the Union Army, the act allows private citizens to sue on the government’s behalf.

The government has the option to sign on, with all plaintiffs receiving a percentage of monetary damages, which are tripled in these suits.

It can be a straightforward and effective way to recoup federal funds lost to fraud. In the past, the Justice Department has joined several such cases and won. They included instances of Medicare and Medicaid overbilling, and padded invoices from domestic contractors.

But the government has not joined a single quit tam suit alleging Iraq reconstruction abuse, estimated in the tens of millions. At least a dozen have been filed since 2004.

“It taints these cases,” said attorney Alan Grayson, who filed the Custer Battles suit and several others like it. “If the government won’t sign on, then it can’t be a very good case – that’s the effect it has on judges.”

The Justice Department declined comment.

Most of the lawsuits are brought by former employees of giant firms. Some plaintiffs have testified before members of Congress, providing examples of fraud they say they witnessed and the retaliation they experienced after speaking up.

Julie McBride testified last year that as a “morale, welfare and recreation coordinator” at Camp Fallujah, she saw KBR exaggerate costs by double- and triple-counting the number of soldiers who used recreational facilities.

She also said the company took supplies destined for a Super Bowl party for U.S. troops and instead used them to stage a celebration for themselves.

“After I voiced my concerns about what I believed to be accounting fraud, Halliburton placed me under guard and kept me in seclusion,” she told the committee. “My property was searched, and I was specifically told that I was not allowed to speak to any member of the U.S. military. I remained under guard until I was flown out of the country.”

Halliburton and KBR denied her testimony.

She also has filed a whistleblower suit. The Justice Department has said it would not join the action. But last month, a federal judge refused a motion by KBR to dismiss the lawsuit.

Donald Vance, the contractor and Navy veteran detained in Iraq after he blew the whistle on his company’s weapons sales, says he has stopped talking to the federal government.

Navy Capt. John Fleming, a spokesman for U.S. detention operations in Iraq, confirmed the detentions but said he could provide no further details because of the lawsuit.

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Newly Unearthed Video Of WTC 7 Fire Questions NIST Explanation

Posted by jeremiasx on August 25, 2007

OH YES..there is a building with a lot of damage…but it’s not WTC 7…look at the building they are talking about when they mention the massive structural debris. It’s WHITE. WTC 7 is NOT WHITE. HELLO. Dumbasses. Now look at the FRONT of WTC 7 as it burns…yes there is some BLACK CHARRING but no MISSING CORNER. I’m getting pissed off now just thinking of how stupid they think we are. It even looks like someone edited IN some extra smoke and obscured the corners in the last shot of the building…but just one scene before that you can EASILY tell that the building is structurally INTACT. No giant corner missing. Silly neocons, tricks are for kids!

Where’s the 25% of the building gone? On the backside? We have pictures of that too. Get a rope.

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Warner Wakes Up…Shakes Bush

Posted by jeremiasx on August 23, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush should announce on September 15 a small initial pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq to spur the Iraqi government to take steps toward political reconciliation, an influential Republican senator said on Thursday.

Virginia Sen. John Warner said Bush should “announce on the 15th that in consultation with our senior military commanders he has decided to initiate the first step in a withdrawal of our forces.”

Warner, a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who has pressed Bush to change his Iraq policy, suggested a withdrawal of “say 5,000” troops, who could be home by Christmas in December of this year.

Warner said the United States needed “to show that we mean business” when it says its commitment to Iraq is not open ended.

He spoke following his return from an Iraq visit and after the release of a U.S. intelligence estimate projecting that political progress in Iraq would remain elusive over the next year. The report said the position of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government would become more precarious.

Warner said he did not advocate “rapid pullout” from Iraq and pointed out he had voted against any timetable for withdrawal. Congress has asked for a progress report on Iraq by September 15.

U.S. troops had delivered on their commitment to enhance security in Baghdad and elsewhere, but Maliki’s government had “let our troops down,” Warner said. He said he could not go “as far” as Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan who called for Maliki to be replaced.

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Fox News Media War Against Iran

Posted by jeremiasx on August 23, 2007

Damn…you’d think they’d at least come up with fresh material.

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BREAKING: Former NIST Fire Chief Questions WTC Collapses

Posted by jeremiasx on August 22, 2007

I think the GOOD DOCTOR has some VERY IMPORTANT things for us to listen to…and PAY ATTENTION…I’ve said some of this myself not that long ago.

 


James James Quintiere, Ph.D., former Chief of the Fire Science Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has called for an independent review of NIST’s investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11.

Dr. Quintiere made his plea during his presentation, “Questions on the WTC Investigations” at the 2007 World Fire Safety Conference. “I wish that there would be a peer review of this,” he said, referring to the NIST investigation. “I think all the records that NIST has assembled should be archived. I would really like to see someone else take a look at what they’ve done; both structurally and from a fire point of view.”

“I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable,” explained Dr. Quintiere. “Let’s look at real alternatives that might have been the cause of the collapse of the World Trade Towers and how that relates to the official cause and what’s the significance of one cause versus another.”

Dr. Quintiere, one of the world’s leading fire science researchers and safety engineers, also encouraged his audience of fellow researchers and engineers to scientifically re-examine the WTC collapses. “I hope to convince you to perhaps become ‘Conspiracy Theorists’, but in a proper way,” he said.

In his hour-long presentation, Dr. Quintiere discussed many elements of NIST’s investigation that he found problematic. He emphasized, “In every investigation I’ve taken part in, the key has been to establish a timeline. And the timeline is established by witness accounts, by information from alarm systems, by any video that you might have of the event, and then by calculations. And you try to put all of this together. And if your calculations are consistent with some of these hard facts, then perhaps you can have some comfort in the results of your calculations. I have not seen a timeline placed in the NIST report.”

Dr. Quintiere also expressed his frustration at NIST’s failure to provide a report on the third skyscraper that collapsed on 9/11, World Trade Center Building 7. “And that building was not hit by anything,” noted Dr. Quintiere. “It’s more important to take a look at that. Maybe there was damage by the debris falling down that played a significant role. But other than that you had fires burning a long time without fire department intervention. And firefighters were in that building. I have yet to see any kind of story about what they saw. What was burning? Were photographs taken? Nothing!”

World Trade Center Building 7 was 610 feet tall, 47 stories, and would have been the tallest building in 33 states. Although it was not hit by an airplane on 9/11, it completely collapsed into a pile of rubble in less than 8 seconds at 5:20 p.m. on 9/11. In the 6 years since 9/11, NIST has failed to provide any explanation for the collapse. In addition to NIST’s failure to provide an explanation, absolutely no mention of Building 7’s collapse appears in the 9/11 Commission’s “full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.” [To watch a video of the collapse, click here http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/WTC7_Collapse.wmv]

Dr. Quintiere said he originally “had high hopes” that NIST would do a good job with the investigation. “They’re the central government lab for fire. There are good people there and they can do a good job. But what I also thought they would do is to enlist the service of the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives], which has an investigation force and a laboratory of their own for fire. And I thought they would put people out on the street and get gumshoe-type information. What prevented all of this? I think it’s the legal structure that cloaks the Commerce Department and therefore NIST. And so, instead of lawyers as if they were acting on a civil case trying to get depositions and information subpoenaed, those lawyers did the opposite and blocked everything.”

In his presentation, Dr. Quintiere also criticized NIST’s repeated failures to formally respond to serious questions raised about its conclusions regarding the WTC building collapses and the process it employed to arrive at those conclusions. “I sat through all of the NIST hearings. I went to all of their advisory board meetings, as an observer. I made comments at all.”

Responding to a comment from a NIST representative in the audience, Dr. Quintiere said, “I found that throughout your whole investigation it was very difficult to get a clear answer. And when anyone went to your advisory panel meetings or hearings, where they were given five minutes to make a statement; they could never ask any questions. And with all the commentary that I put in, and I spent many hours writing things, and it would bore people if I regurgitated all of that here, I never received one formal reply.”

Although Dr. Quintiere was strongly critical of NIST’s conclusions and its investigatory process, he made it clear he was not a supporter of theories that the Twin Towers were brought down by pre-planted explosives. “If you go to World Trade Center One, nine minutes before its collapse, there was a line of smoke that puffed out. This is one of the basis of the ‘conspiracy theories’ that says the smoke puffing out all around the building is due to somebody setting off an explosive charge. Well, I think, more likely, it’s one of the floors falling down.”

Dr. Quintiere summarized the NIST conclusion about the cause of the collapses of the Twin Towers. “It says that the core columns, uninsulated due to the fact that the aircraft stripped off that insulation; they softened in the heat of the fire and shortened and that led to the collapse. They pulled in the external columns and it caused it to buckle. They went on further to say that there would be no collapse if the insulation remained in place.”

Dr. Quintiere then presented his and his students’ research that contradicts the NIST report and points to a different cause for the collapses; the application of insufficient fire-proofing insulation on the truss rods in the Twin Towers. “I suggest that there’s an equally justifiable theory and that’s the trusses fail as they are heated by the fire with the insulation intact. These are two different conclusions and the accountability for each is dramatically different,” he said.

Dr. Quintiere’s presentation at the World Fire Safety Conference echoed his earlier statement to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, on October 26, 2005, during a hearing on “The Investigation of the World Trade Center Collapse: Findings, Recommendations, and Next Steps”, at which he stated:

“In my opinion, the WTC investigation by NIST falls short of expectations by not definitively finding cause, by not sufficiently linking recommendations of specificity to cause, by not fully invoking all of their authority to seek facts in the investigation, and by the guidance of government lawyers to deter rather than develop fact finding.

“I have over 35 years of fire research in my experience. I worked in the fire program at NIST for 19 years, leaving as a division chief. I have been at the University of Maryland since. I am a founding member and past-Chair of the International Association for Fire Safety Science—the principal world forum for fire research. …

“All of these have been submitted to NIST, but never acknowledged or answered. I will list some of these.

1. Why is not the design process of assigning fire protection to the WTC towers fully called out for fault? …

2. Why were not alternative collapse hypotheses investigated and discussed as NIST had stated repeatedly that they would do? …

3. Spoliation of a fire scene is a basis for destroying a legal case in an investigation. Most of the steel was discarded, although the key elements of the core steel were demographically labeled. A careful reading of the NIST report shows that they have no evidence that the temperatures they predict as necessary for failure are corroborated by findings of the little steel debris they have. Why hasn’t NIST declared that this spoliation of the steel was a gross error?

4. NIST used computer models that they said have never been used in such an application before and are the state of the art. For this they should be commended for their skill. But the validation of these modeling results is in question. Others have computed aspects with different conclusions on the cause mechanism of the collapse. Moreover, it is common in fire investigation to compute a time-line and compare it to known events. NIST has not done that.

5. Testing by NIST has been inconclusive. Although they have done fire tests of the scale of several work stations, a replicate test of at least & [sic] of a WTC floor would have been of considerable value. Why was this not done? …

6. The critical collapse of WTC 7 is relegated to a secondary role, as its findings will not be complete for yet another year. It was clear at the last NIST Advisory Panel meeting in September [2005] that this date may not be realistic, as NIST has not demonstrated progress here. Why has NIST dragged on this important investigation?”

[The full text of Dr. Quintiere’s statement to the Science Committee can be found at http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/science/…]

Dr. Quintiere is one of the world’s leading fire science researchers and safety engineers. He served in the Fire Science and Engineering Division of NIST for 19 years and rose to the position of Chief of the Division. He left NIST in 1990 to join the faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, where he still serves.

Quintiere is a founding member and Past Chair of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS). He is also a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to fire science research and engineering, including:

· The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1976) and Silver Medal (1982)

· The Howard W. Emmons Lecture Award from the IAFSS in 1986

· The Sjölin Award in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the science of fire safety by the International Forum of Fire Research Directors, NIST

· The 2006 Guise Medal by the National Fire Protection Association

His presentation “Questions on the WTC Investigations” was given twice at the 2007 World Fire Safety Conference; Education Session M21 on June 4 (69 minutes) and Spotlight Session T54 on June 5 (102 minutes). Recordings of the presentations can be purchased from the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.fleetwoodonsite.com/index.php?cPath=…

For a list of over 180 other engineers and architects who question the official investigation into the events of 9/11, please visit http://patriotsquestion911.com%20/p

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American Psychology Association Caves To Bush..Interrogations Continue

Posted by jeremiasx on August 21, 2007

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Dr. Josef Mengele, pictured above, the infamous doctor who perfected “enhanced interrogation techniques” ….for Adolf Hitler.


Well they stood for a moment on the brink of sending a great message…a stern rebuke of Bush torture policy…and then someone caved. I hope someone will piss in their wheaties over this.

Full NewsDay Article Here

SAN FRANCISCO – The nation’s largest group of psychologists scrapped a measure Sunday that would have prohibited members from assisting interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers.

The American Psychological Association’s policy-making council voted against a proposal to ban psychologists from taking part in any interrogations at U.S. military prisons “in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights.”

Instead, the group approved a resolution that reaffirmed the association’s opposition to torture and restricted members from taking part in interrogations that involved any of more than a dozen specific practices, including sleep deprivation and forced nakedness. Violators could be expelled and lose their state licenses to practice. Critics of the proposed ban who spoke before the vote at the 148,000-member organization’s annual meeting said the presence of psychologists would help insure interrogators did not abuse prisoners.

“If we remove psychologists from these facilities, people are going to die,” said Army Col. Larry James, who serves as a psychologist at Guantanamo Bay.

Supporters argued that psychologists should not be working at detention centers where prisoners are detained indefinitely without being charged.

“If psychologists have to be there so detainees don’t get killed, those conditions are so horrendous that the only moral and ethical thing is to leave,” said Laurie Wagner, a psychologist from Dallas.

The association’s vote follows reports that mental health specialists were involved in prisoner abuse scandals at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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US Forestry Service Screws Up Royally

Posted by jeremiasx on August 21, 2007

From the same folks that brought us all the good times at the Rainbow Gathering…SCANDAL…using harmful chemicals to put out fires that killed THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of fish…and then trying to avoid scrutiny and legal process to boot…why are these criminals in charge of our national parks? Is there ANY cabinet level post that Bush has filled that is NOT inhabited by a criminal? I’m really losing faith now…not that I had any before. Read on, brave souls: (reposted from Raw Story)

As if it wasn’t bad enough for the Bush Administration already, contempt charges are flying in Montana.

The Administration’s top forestry official has been ordered to explain why the US Forest Service failed to analyze the environmental impact of dropping a fish-killing flame retardant on wildfires — or face contempt of court.

Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey would then face jail unless the Forest Service assented to a court order enjoining the environmental review.

“Noting that Rey had blocked implementation of an earlier review, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Malloy ordered Rey to appear in his court Oct. 15 unless the Forest Service completes the analysis before that time,” Associated Press reporter Jeff Barnard wrote.

Forest Service spokesman Joe Walsh told AP the agency was working on the analysis, but couldn’t say if the Secretary would meet the deadline; Rey did not respond to requests for comment.

An environmental group, “Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics,” filed the lawsuit in 2003, after Forestry Service chemicals killed more than 20,000 fish in central Oregon.

Adds Barnard, “In 2005, Malloy ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when it failed to go through a public process to analyze the potential environmental harm of using ammonium phosphate, a fertilizer that kills fish, as the primary ingredient in fire retardant dropped on wildfires.”

“It seems as if the government is playing a not too funny game, betting that the court will be forced to grant the additional time and hoping the irony of the timing will be overlooked,” the judge wrote, according to Barnard.

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RFID Satellite Tracking…For Kids Sake!

Posted by jeremiasx on August 21, 2007

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As I’ve been saying all along …even longer than I’ve been on the damned blogosphere…WAY over ten years now, and people thought I was CRAZY lolz…this is a SOFT SELL. I don’t just make shit up for the fun of it. We WILL HAVE RFID monitoring devices…they are just testing the waters right now. Note the obligatory OPINION POLL that claims that we’re all just DYING to be watched INCESSANTLY. THANKS BIG BROTHER!

PUPILS FACE TRACKING DEVICE IN SCHOOL TIES (BLAZERS)

A school uniform maker said yesterday it was “seriously considering” adding tracking devices to its clothes after a survey found many parents would be interested in knowing where their offspring were.Trutex would not say whether it was studying a spy in the waistband or a bug in the blazer but admitted teenagers were less keen than younger children on the “big brother” idea.

The Lancashire company, which sells 1m blouses, 1.1m shirts, 250,000 pairs of trousers, 200,000 blazers, 60,000 skirts and 110,000 pieces of knitwear each year, commissioned an online survey for 809 parents and 444 children aged between nine and 16. It said 44% of the adults were worried about the safety of pre-teen children and 59% would be interested in satellite tracking systems being incorporated in schoolwear. While nearly four in 10 pupils aged 12 and under were prepared to go along with the idea, teenagers were more wary of “spying”.

Clare Rix, the marketing director, said: “As well as being a safety net for parents, there could be real benefits for schools who could keep a closer track on the whereabouts of their pupils, potentially reducing truancy levels.’

The announcement follows news that an Essex firm, BladeRunner, used Kevlar, a synthetic fibre used in body armour, to line school uniforms sent in by parents anxious about knife culture. Barry Samms, a director, said the company was concentrating on its line of stab-proof hooded tops, having sold about 1,500 of the £65 garment, mainly to over-30s, since launch earlier this year. The company was now selling £120 tops to walkers and mountain-bikers worried about barbed-wire snags.

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Hillbilly Justice For The Poor In Newton County (And Elsewhere)

Posted by jeremiasx on August 20, 2007

I have to come right out swinging on this one. The judicial system in this country is REALLY weighted against the rights of the accused on nearly every level of the game. From traffic court to AL-berrrrrrrto GONEzales…the justice system needs some serious review and reassessment of priorities and practices.

Case in point. A couple months ago my wife was pulled over here in Newton County driving down a hill on her way to drop off our son for school and go to work by a state trooper who has a long record of zealous persecution of motorists at large. How do I know this? Well, I didn’t have to ask, let me assure you. Folks in Newton County are pretty curious if the day ends in the letter “Y.” Many and various people asked ME who it was who issued the ticket and I told them it was Trooper X (who will remain nameless FOR NOW.) Upon hearing this, there was a noticeable WINCE and obligatory, “yea, that guy IS a hard-ass and does MORE than his share of ticket writing here in the county.

How do cops gain notoriety as individuals? Well, first of all this is a small community. We have a mighty population of only 498 souls in our little burg. We have about less than 5,000 in the county. People talk. However, I don’t think you can discount the unvarying opinions by the people of this county that there seems to be a major PROBLEM with law enforcement priorities.

There’s a new sheriff in town and they’ve “nabbed” seven people year-to-date with a fleet of 3-5 deputies on duty at any given time riding around in brand new Dodge Chargers, courtesy federal funding…good for them, they have nice looking rides now.

But what have they been busy doing with our tax money? Are the meth labs getting busted? Are the probation absconders and scofflaws rounded up for punishment? No. They are busy WRITING TICKETS as fast as they can. They were kept especially busy during the recent Rainbow National Gathering 2007 out at Fallsville. In writing that series of articles I learned that our county sheriff’s office was wasting UNPRECEDENTED amounts of money to “support” a 3/4 MILLION DOLLAR federal operation aimed at thwarting “inappropriate freedoms” in the middle of nowhere in a national forest. (No one around for MILES.)

During this experience, I saw the law enforcement officers, including our county boys, violating (or usually ATTEMPTING, the Rainbows have to be de facto street lawyers due to their constant oppression and scrutiny) nearly EVERY basic article of the Bill of Rights, and trampling on good times to boot as often as they could. It was LUDICROUS for our county to waste the money and resources. People in this county died and the law was nowhere to be found at times during the gathering.

All that aside…back to the ticket. We went to court a few months ago and they scheduled a date to appear and we showed up dressed in proper attire (“No Hats, No Shorts, No Halter Tops” is posted outside the courtroom door and it is enforced from what I hear…) to participate in the justice system. We waited for a few hours due to being later on the docket past the more “serious offenses.”

Here’s what I saw. Some guy I used to throw canoes with got busted for stealing electric from some old man’s garage who was allowing him to park his car there but curiously not allowing him to have electricity to charge his battery…strange.

Next case…local young man…mama sat with him at the table. (No mention of irregularity in her sitting next to him, and that will become important LATER in this drawn out story of injustice, irrationality, and arrogance bordering on terminal hubris.) The charge was read and lo and behold it was a DUI charge…serious stuff…this young man was driving an SUV with a horse trailer and couldn’t keep it between the fences. Wreck-o-matic and a bad one to boot, apparently. So bad that the ambulance and the police were called right away…well…he had to face the music in court.

HERE IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING. The responding officer was in court today, dutifully, duty to what or who I’m not sure…but he was there on the stand and after swearing or affirming to tell the truth on NOTHING but thin air…and he said when he responded to that SERIOUS accident…he did not visually identify the defendant…and the case was dismissed. I had to do a double-take to figure it out! However…as I glanced from the smiling face of the defendant and his mother to the smiling prosecutor who performed LAZILY at BEST…criminally NEGLIGENT at worst. (We’ll come back to HIM later.) Meanwhile, the responding officer (who was recently promoted to DETECTIVE) who did not VISUALLY VERIFY who had crashed an SUV with horses behind it into a tree…walked back to his pew with his eyes on the floor…hard to hold your head high when you’re DOING BAD THINGS…isn’t it…DETECTIVE.

AND THEN the next young man who was busted for “paraphernalia” which is a misdemeanor, but a damned EXPENSIVE FINE…over two hundred Ameros (oh hell just get USED to calling them that…) and he even had a LAWYER…which did him absolutely no good. Regardless of the fact that the evidence was obtained without consent to search, regardless of a reasonably plausible defense of no knowledge of the pipe in the car…hey it can happen! lolz…anyhow…that kid was guilty too. Fine-o-matic.

Next young lady…same officer…not our officer…but an older local yokel with gray hair, a portly physique built-up by many hours on the couch and fewer hours on his feet…had pulled this young Mexican-American lady (legal) over for speeding and had reportedly been EXTREMELY abusive to her. She defended herself with an obvious lack of any understanding of jurisprudence and of course walked away…guilty. I caught her on her way to the bank across the street from the courthouse in beautiful Jasper, Arkansas…and asked her why she was crying? She told me that while she wasn’t broke, she was close…and she couldn’t afford to wait it out or appeal the ruling of the court (ah yes…now we are getting to the HEART OF THE MATTER) so she tearfully went to the ATM and walked back in and ponied up the money obediently to the court clerk…but not before telling myself and a group of old men whittling away the hours how she was mistreated at the hands of officer PORKY…and I seconded that I’d heard MANY reports of negative activity from this particular officer. Duly noted by all present on the courthouse square.

So it was soon OUR turn…after having witnessed an utter lack of prosecution against a local blonde-haired blue-eyed golden boy….and a string of rubber-stamp “guilty” verdicts against everyone else…including having a man literally hauled off to jail for not paying a fine…after he had the DECENCY to show up for court to plead for more time. He told the judge as he was being cuffed that he had a 103 year-old aunt to watch, but the judge told him he’d heard it all before and he should have thought about that poor old lady before he spent money on things other than his fine. PRICELESS.

So it’s our turn. We head up to the bar…I accompany my wife because after watching Goldilocks and Son hang out with virtual impunity I assumed it was OK for me to go on up there. I caught puzzled glances from the entire courtroom…and the prosecutor mentioned it during his opening banter with our State Trooper X several times…”was the man seated next to the defendant in the car at the time” etc. etc. trying to establish that somehow I was COMPLETELY uninvolved in the affair. Maybe he figured I was just her boyfriend. I don’t know. Marriage does have legal protections though. Anyhow…on with the show.

The basis for OUR complaint with Trooper X is that he decided to be sneaky in writing the speeding ticket in question. He ORIGINALLY stopped my wife for a BUSTED TAIL LIGHT. We have a copy of the warning. Same date. Same stop. He claimed on the stand that he observed her “speeding down the mountain in the brake check area and pulled her over after clocking her at SIXTY-SEVEN miles per hour…DOWNHILL…with our 3-year old son in the car. RIGHT. Anyhow…no mention of the tail light yet. Waited. Waited. No mention of busted tail light. Ok…this will be easier than we thought. Right?

My wife, after much whispering in her ear to the utter dismay and shock of our smartass prosecutor (and he IS a smartass in general, from my observations of his demeanor in court towards all defendants except blondie who didn’t just cower to his will…) who made mention of it to the point I was sitting there helping her…and the JUDGE finally told him flatly, “Look, you don’t have to have a law license to give someone advice…he can whisper in her ear all he wants, I’m enjoying it.” I thought that was cool. Unfortunately, it was the ONLY cool thing the judge did all morning.

My wife was relentless in her cross-examination of Trooper X…she let him have it from the jump…”Why do you say you pulled me over for SPEEDING when YOU KNOW that you pulled me over originally for a busted TAIL LIGHT?” He got red as a beet. I think it might be the first time a brave citizen got in his face…in court. He stuttered and stammered his way into an obstinate position of utter denial…regardless of his acknowledgment of the tail light WARNING…he would not concede that’s why he pulled her over. At this point I’ll enter Exhibit A for my readers…this WAS the letter I was going to have her pass up to the judge, but we didn’t…too bad we couldn’t get it printed up in time, eh?

Your Honor:

On the date in question I was traveling on my way to work down the hill on Highway 7, in no hurry at all, from my residence on Mockingbird Hill. I was pulled over by State Trooper X who had been posted on the Round Top Mountain trail driveway. He initially explained his reason for detaining me on my way to work was that he noticed I had a tail light out. I informed him I would be getting it fixed at Bob Reno’s right away and thanked him for advising me of the condition of my vehicle.

What happened next defies logic and usual law enforcement standards. He asked for my identification and ran my motor vehicle history, and discovered I had a speeding ticket 2 years prior in Guy, Arkansas. I guess you have heard of the tendency that Guy, Arkansas has in handing out traffic tickets mercilessly. They have been sued and lost in court over that issue more than once. However, not being one to normally rock the boat I received a ticket from Guy and paid it, and thought that would be the end of my punishment for that “offense.”

Not so. Trooper X vested himself the authority to surmise that since I had that traffic ticket 2 years prior, he would like to give me a ticket for speeding because he thought I was, “coming a little too fast down the mountain.” I firmly contend that was not the case and the very idea of me speeding down a mountain with my son in the car is ludicrous, and I also question this trooper’s judgment in meting out justice with unwarranted bias based not on the facts of this traffic stop, but on the merits of an assumption of guilt from a case two years prior in another district, the circumstances of which he isn’t even aware.

I ask your Honor to dismiss this unwarranted charge with extreme prejudice and to please advise the state trooper that if he decides he’s ready to adjudicate justice rather than just enforce the law plainly and regularly as is his duty, he should pass the bar exam and then run for county or circuit judge. Given that eventuality, he would discover that he had no right to assume any guilt due to a past infraction. That is obtuse and far outside the due bounds of usual law enforcement or jurisprudence. I hope it doesn’t happen again.

Signed…”Angry Wife”

That lays out the basics as we see it. Anyhow…to make a LONG story short…the whole “guilty” rubber stamp fell and we were told (after asking) that we could appeal. I returned to the courthouse after changing a flat tire to have a chat and a chaw with our lovely and helpful court clerk, Mona. We had a long conversation which enlightened me to two PERTINENT FACTS.

1. If you want to appeal a finding in our court system you have to have $150 for a filing fee…the fine for the ticket is $120.

2. There is no transcript of our court as it is not a “court of record.” Nothing said by the judge, the smartass prosecutor who tried to intimidate us, or Trooper X has been written down into a documented format. Interesting.

THIS IS NOT JUSTICE PEOPLE…it is a RACKET. You have better odds playing THIS GAME than obtaining JUSTICE in this system under the current rules of the game. The poor are meant to pay…not to win. Bottom line.

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